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2008-08-23 00:00:19

By paul greaves Lifeguards came to the rescue of a father and son after an afternoon swim in the sea almost ended in tragedy. The RNLI team on Bantham beach in South Devon are being credited with saving the lives of the eight-year-old boy and his father, who were caught by a strong rip current a short distance from shore. The incident happened on Wednesday after the boy swam out beyond the flagged area which warns of dangerous seas. Now the RNLI has issued a new warning to people...

2008-08-21 21:00:21

Authorities in Myrtle Beach, S.C., are warning beach-goers to stay away from some sandy areas after a sunbathing tourist was run over by a lifeguard's truck. Myrtle Beach police spokesman David Knipes said Kelly Brauner, 25, of Tennessee was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with minor injuries after she was run over Tuesday by a Lack's Beach Service vehicle, the Myrtle Beach Sun News was reported Thursday. Knipes said no charges are expected to be filed as a result of the...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

LIFEGUARDS on a routine patrol at a beach had to abandon their 4x4 rescue vehicle after it became stuck in the sand. Despite their efforts on Coney Beach, Porthcawl, on Friday afternoon, the vehicle had to be abandoned as the tide came in. A spokesman for Bridgend council said it would be recovered when the tide turns. (c) 2008 South Wales Echo. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-05 12:00:00

By Pat Kelly, The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. Aug. 5--PANAMA CITY BEACH You could hear the frustration creeping into the voice of Maj. Dave Humphreys with the Panama City Beach Police Department. Beachgoers still were venturing into the gulf Monday despite double-red flags flying, helicopters hovering and the drowning of two people the day before. Another person died Monday morning, and beach officials were pulling distressed swimmers from the surf most of the morning and...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Aug. 1--The number of cases of Cryptosporidium at Burger's Lake has grown to 67, the Tarrant County Public Health department said Thursday. An outbreak occurred last month at the popular west Fort Worth swimming hole, where the parasite was found in the water. The spring-fed lake reopened Sunday after being closed for 10 days. A Cleburne water park was closed over the weekend after a lifeguard tested positive for crypto, and now...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Matthew Spolar, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 1--HARRISBURG -- The drowning of a teenager living in Warminster has revived debate over a decision earlier this year to eliminate lifeguards at virtually all state park beaches. Eric Williams, 17, was swimming in Fuller Lake at a Cumberland County state park with a group of youths when he suddenly disappeared as they were getting out of the water around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The teens were from the Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 31--The number of cases of Cryptosporidium at Burger's Lake has grown to 67, the Tarrant County Public Health department said Thursday. An outbreak occurred last month at the popular west Fort Worth swimming hole, where the parasite was found in the water. The spring-fed lake reopened Sunday after being closed for 10 days. A Cleburne water park was closed over the weekend after a lifeguard tested positive for crypto, and now...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

There's nothing like a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean on a sweltering summer's day. Yet the sea can be treacherous, as it was this past weekend. The surf was up, and so were warning flags atop lifeguard huts. Black flags prohibit any entry into the water; red signify dangerous currents and undertows. Unfortunately, both colors were largely ignored. The upshot: 15 drownings and near-drownings. Five swimmers lost their lives - in Haifa, Atlit, Netanya and Tel Aviv. Many of the...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

Rescuers suspended their search Sunday for a 10-year-old girl in the water off Coney Island, one of three swimmers still missing from powerful ocean currents at New York City and Long Island beaches over the weekend. Four other people drowned at local beaches Friday and Saturday, New York authorities said. The missing girl, Akira Johnson, was pulled under by currents while swimming Saturday afternoon. Her cousin, Tyriek Currie, 10, was rescued. - Karen Matthews, The Associated Press...

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Kecia Bal, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Jul. 28--TRENT -- As a young girl, Dixie Kelly of Rockwood would head out to the beach area at Laurel Hill State Park with her mother and sister. On Friday, she decided to take her four grandchildren there with beach balls and blankets, now that the area has been updated with new facilities. Right away, she noticed a sign warning that no lifeguards are on duty. "As long as you have parents watching, it should be OK," she said....


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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